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wild and natural areas

Pennsylvania’s state forest system includes dozens of special wild and natural areas set aside to protect unique or unusual biologic, geologic, scenic and historical features or to showcase outstanding examples of the state’s major forest communities. Natural areas are “managed” by nature and direct human intervention is limited. They provide places for scenic observation, protect special plant and animal communities and conserve outstanding examples of natural beauty. Wild areas are generally extensive tracts managed to protect the forest’s wild character and to provide back country recreational opportunities. 

Algerine Swamp Natural Area

This 84 acre gem straddles the Lycoming-Tioga county border and contains part of a glacial bog. The bog is prime habitat black spruce, balsam fir, and other northern plant species.

Bark Cabin Natural Area

The Mid-State Trail passes through this scenic seven acre tract of old growth hemlock trees.

Lebo Red Pine Natural Area

In Lycoming County east of Lucullus, this 124-acre tract supports old-growth red pine, white birch and oaks along the First Big Fork of Trout Run.

Miller Run Natural Area

This extensive tract consists of 4,000 acres of second-growth oak and northern hardwood forests. The roadless watersheds of three streams dissecting the plateau are protected in this area

Torbert Island Natural Area

This 18-acre sample of river island habitat is located in Pine Creek, 2.5 miles north of the intersection of U.S. 220 and PA Route 44, northwest of Jersey Shore, PA.

Algerine Wild Area

This 3,700 acre wild area north of Slate Run is traversed by a portion of the Black Forest trail. It is truly a place to “get away from it all.”

Wolf Run Wild Area

This wild area contains some of the most remote reaches in the Tiadaghton State Forest and at 6,900 acres it is quite extensive. The Golden Eagle Trail provides access to the western portion of the wild area and to Wolf Run itself.